Kasun Niroshan Ferdinand was airlifted in a critical condition to Royal Perth Hospital after his car crashed into a tree on South Coast Highway in Kentdale on Monday morning.
The 36-year-old chef had been working on a 457 visa at popular Denmark restaurant Pepper and Salt for the past three months until the tragic crash.
Pepper and Salt head chef and owner Silas Masih described Mr Ferdinand as a “loveable character” and talented chef who had left an impression during his three months at the restaurant and in the Denmark community.
Masih said Ferdinand, who was known as ‘Ferdie’ had planned on bringing his wife and two children over from Sri Lanka and the tragedy had hit his colleagues hard.
“He’s a loving family man who talked quite fondly of his family and couldn’t wait to see them,” he said. “That was his motivation to establish himself and eventually bring over his family for a new life.”
Ferdinand’s brother is expected to arrive in Perth today.
Denmark police are currently investigating how Ferdinand lost control of his Mazda sedan and crashed on the highway near Kenton Drive.
The restaurant has set up a GoFundMe page to assist his family with the aim of reaching $5000.